Why I think “No Easy Day” Is Fiction

In an earlier post to my site, I discussed the fact that Admiral William McRaven has confirmed that a critical passage in No Easy Day was incorrect. As I thought more about that passage in which Osama bin Laden allegedly pokes his head out of his room and takes at least two headshots, but is later found (albeit seconds later) lying inside his room mortally wounded, I have come to the conclusion that it is an improbable scenario.

As some of you know, I am a very realistic science fiction thriller writer.  As such, I pay careful attention to details such as this.  I have researched (not personally mind you) what happens when humans are shot.  Based on my research, it is virtually impossible for a person to take a gunshot to his forehead or temple and still be able to duck back into a room where he would fall into a supine position.  If I recall correctly, death photos of Osama bin Laden and recounts of his injuries detail a shot or shots to those areas.  From what I have been able to research, that person would have crumpled in place at the door sill upon being shot in the temple or forehead.

I am not going to get into any discussion whether “Mark Owen” was or was not on the team that killed Osama bin Laden, I obviously have no facts either way.  Nor do I have any information whether “Owens” was right behind the lead SEAL or not.  I suspect those facts will come out eventually to either dispute or confirm “Owen’s” account.  There is one report that says “Mark Owen” abruptly left the SEALs after a falling out with his team.  Apparently many in the SEAL community feel betrayed by “Owen’s” book and his offer to share the profits with SEAL related charities has been rejected by the prominent Nay SEAL Foundation.  Others are expected to follow.

What I find interesting is that this book was announced shortly after the Super PAC video of “SEALs” attacking President Obama’s role in green lighting the mission and accusing him of using the bin Laden death for political purposes.  Strangely this book according to news reports takes on the same accusatory tone.

Has anyone dug into who financed the writing of this book?  I personally find the political comments, the timing of the book’s release, the fact that it appears to dismiss President Obama’s role in the matter, and the fact that it picks up on the conservative theme that the Obama Administration has used this raid for political purposes troubling.

I reassert that No Easy Day may, in fact, be a very sophisticated “Swift Boating” exercise.

What Is He Up To?

No Easy Day, the supposed tell-all book by “Mark Owen” the pseudonym for a retired Navy SEAL apparently has certain things wrong.  Admiral William McRaven, the commander of the Special Forces Command, and a SEAL himself, undertook and extraordinary review of the events surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden and concludes that Owen’s version is wrong.  You can read Admiral McRaven’s findings here.

Can No East Day be a sophisticated “Swift Boating” of President Obama’s role in authorizing the hunt for Osama bin Laden?

The Swift Boating Of Obama

is more like an empty barge.  Peter Bergen, who is perhaps one of the more prominent analyst of worldwide terrorism and especially the hunt for Osama bin Laden, takes to task the recent efforts by alleged former military men (especially former SEALs) who charge that President Obama has used the killing of bin Laden for political purposes.  The main claim is that Obama is taking credit for something that he had little to do with: the hunt for and subsequent killing of bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan in 2010.

Bergen goes point to point in disproving the attempt to discredit Obama’s involvement in this action. 

Although his detailed explanation is not going to change zealots who intensely hate the president, hopefully rational people will see that the swift boat attack on President Obama is full of holes.

On Getting Bin Laden

This is a great interview by Wolf Blizter of CNN with Admiral William McRaven, commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. What makes this great is that the Admiral is not a stiff apparatchik as you might see in many countries, but an engaging and candid person. Notice that Wolf tries hard to pull classified material from McRaven. The punch line is McRaven’s final remark on this video.

The Interview apparently does not like to be embedded. You can find it here.